Bellingham Police arrest suspect in series of residential burglaries

Police have arrested a suspect in a series of home break-ins in Bellingham after receiving a tip that an unfamiliar car was parked at a neighbor’s house.

A neighbor did not recognize the car, a cream-colored Mitsubishi Diamante in the 1200 block of Yew Street on Tuesday, Sept. 30, and called 911. When police arrived, they found fresh pry marks on the home’s back door. Soon after, another officer saw David D. Roth, 28, driving the Diamante, stopped him and saw that Roth had a police scanner in the center console of his car.

After obtaining a search warrant, police also found a pry bar in the car. The witness who called 911 positively identified Roth as the man who had been at the house, and Roth was booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of attempted burglary and an unrelated warrant for failing to appear for hit-and-run of unattended property.

Police said a high-profile media campaign, which included Facebook and Twitter postings that said when and how the burglaries were being committed amd urged residents to be on alert, led to dozens of tips from citizens and helped lead to Roth’s arrest.

However police said they have information that more people are involved in the burglaries; they have recovered a “significant amount” of stolen property and impounded a green Ford Explorer seen at other victims’ homes.

“We are confident that at least one additional person will be arrested,” in the burglaries, Lt. Bob Vander Yacht said in a press release.